Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Fall 2005

From the Section Chair

The Tragedy and the Opportunity



I continue to be stunned by the troubling images and heart-rending stories coming from New Orleans recently. Our meetings have been moved geographically to Pennsylvania and time-shifted into December. More importantly, the local destruction and devastation have been overwhelming, and the human toll, in terms of lives and personal tragedies, has been substantial from hurricane Katrina. What can we do? How can we help?

Here are some suggestions to consider:
Residents of the Gulf Coast, in particular those with limited socioeconomic options, have suffered tremendously. In most cases, the best way we can help them is to contribute whatever money we can spare to the enormous recovery effort through established charities, such as the Red Cross. A list of organizations accepting contributions is available at <http://www.nvoad.org/membersdb.php?members=National>.

Let’s not forget the emergency responders and dedicated public health workers who have been on the front lines, working in difficult conditions to limit the terrible effects and prevent further damage from the consequences of this hurricane. Keeping these people in our thoughts and prayers is very important. And offering care and support for those from our own communities who are traveling to help out will be greatly appreciated. APHA is also recommending that monetary donations go to: <http://www.apha.org/preparedness/Katrina_relief.htm>.

And I’m sure we all have significant worries and concerns for our Louisiana and Mississippi colleagues whose lives, families, and practices have been damaged and destroyed in this tragedy. The CAL and MCA are organizing efforts to provide assistance to members with needs.

Chiropractic Association of Louisiana: A donation fund to benefit Louisiana doctors of chiropractic has been developed. To become part of this effort, mail your check (payable to "CAL Relief Fund") to:
CAL Relief Fund
3070 Teddy Drive, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mississippi Chiropractic Association: A donation fund to benefit Mississippi doctors of chiropractic has been developed. To become part of this effort, mail your check (payable to "MS Chiropractic Relief Fund") to:
MS Chiropractic Relief Fund
Attention: Vickie Webb
134 Marion Avenue
McComb, MS 39648

I am also aware that many of our Section members have had difficulties in changing their Annual Meeting plans and reservations. Please visit the New Orleans Update page on the APHA Web site for current and accurate information:
<http://www.apha.org/meetings/new_orleans_update.htm>.

This comprehensive resource has valuable guidance and recommendations on a number of subjects, including obtaining refunds for cancelled flights and hotel reservations.

About Philadelphia
And finally, this year we’re still preparing for our Section’s 10th anniversary celebration! We’re making changes to our plans but will guarantee a smashing time for all Section members. This is a very important milestone, and hopefully the first of many anniversary celebrations. We still will be presenting a great scientific program (see details in this newsletter or on the Web site). There will still be an important business meeting, at which we’ll be planning and strategizing for the next several years. And we will still have an interesting and influential booth display to educate and inform other health care workers. So, I want to encourage all Section members to review your schedules and make plans to come to Philadelphia, especially those who are on the east coast, or who have family and friends on the east coast to visit. Please make your plans now to join us in Philadelphia, Dec. 10-14, 2005, for the 133rd meeting of APHA and the 10th anniversary of the Chiropractic Health Care section. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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Chiropractic Health Care Section: 2005 Elected Leaders




  • Chair-elect:

  • Elaine Morschhauser, BS, DC

  • Secretary-elect:

  • Michael T. Haneline, DC, MPH

  • Section Council:

  • Joseph Brimhall, DC
    Maria A. Hondrus, DC, MPH

  • Governing Council:

  • Lisa Killinger, DC

(Incidentally, the percentage of CHC Section members that voted in the 2005 Section Elections was 22.8 percent. While this return was not spectacular, overall only 16.4 percent of APHA members voted.)

Chiropractic Health Care Sessions in Philadelphia

Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section at the 2005 APHA Meeting in Philadelphia

Progress in Spinal Pain
Presider: John Stites, DC, DACBR

Recruitment challenges for the simultaneous conduct of two low back pain trials in a chiropractic research center. Maria A. Hondras, DC, MPH , Judith Polipnick, DC, PhD, Lori Byrd, Jamie Farwell, BS, Bill Meeker, DC, MPH

Oswestry disability index, neck disability index and pain measurement before and after chiropractic treatment in a large chiropractic insurance network. Richard Branson, DC, Christine Goertz, DC, PhD

Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of neck pain and related disability with psychological distress among patients enrolled in the UCLA Neck Pain Study. Eric L. Hurwitz, DC, PhD, Lu-May Chiang, MS

Effects of recreational physical activity and neck exercises on neck pain and psychological distress: Findings from the UCLA Neck Pain Study. Eric L. Hurwitz, DC, PhD, Lu-May Chiang, MS

Chiropractic management of acute neck pain: A practice-based feasibility study. Michael T. Haneline, DC, MPH, Robert Cooperstein, MA, DC

Implementing Evidence-Based Health Care within the Chiropractic Profession Panel Discussion
Moderator: Craig Nelson, MS, DC

Professional Education, Michele Maiers, DC Private Practice, Rick Branson, DC

Occupational Health Settings, Bob Mootz, DC Third Party Payors, Steven Hilles, DC

Best Practices in Chiropractic
Presider: Sharon Jaeger, DC, DACBR

Best practices: Chiropractic management of low back pain. Dana J. Lawrence, DC, Bill Meeker, DC, MPH, Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD

Improving Quality in Chiropractic Delivery Settings. Robert D. Mootz, DC , Daniel T. Hansen, DC, Thomas M. Wickizer, Gary Franklin, MD, MPH

Integrated collaboration in existing Community Health Centres: Demonstrating collaboration between Chiropractors and Interdisciplinary Health Care Provider Teams. Michael Birmingham, PhD, Michael Garner, MSc , Peter Aker, MSc, DC, Jeff Balon, DC, MD, Tammy Clifford, MSc, PhD, Dirk Keenan, DC, David Moher, MSc, Pran Manga, PhD, David Hole, MSW

Health promotion in chiropractic practice: 2005 NBCE job analysis. John K. Hyland, DC, MPH, Meridel I. Gatterman, MA, DC, MEd, Mark G. Christensen, PhD

Developing a spinal health promotion initiative: Use of an expert seed panel and an electronic delphi consensus process. Ron Kirk, MA, DC, John K. Hyland, DC, MPH

Public Health Education and Service in Chiropractic
Presider: Ashley Cleveland, MA, DC

Public health education at a chiropractic college. Cameron Borody, BSc DC FCCSS(C)

Preparing chiropractic students toward evidence-based practice. Irene N. Paulavicius, MA

Need for geriatric training for chiropractic: Results of an electronic needs assessment survey. Paul Dougherty, DC, Lisa Zaynab Killinger, DC, Jurgis Karuza, PhD

Efficacy of chiropractic treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a low-income multi-ethnic urban setting. Michael Birmingham, PhD, Michael Garner, MSc , Peter Aker, MSc, DC, Jeff Balon, DC, MD, Tammy Clifford, MSc, PhD, Dirk Keenan, DC, Pran Manga, PhD, David Moher, MSc, David Hole, MSW

Improving the recognition of chronic pain, psychiatric illness, and substance abuse in chiropractic patients: A diagnostic and treatment protocol. Shireesh Bhalerao, DC, Owen T. Lynch, DC

Visit the Online Program for details at <http://www.apha.org/meetings/>.
We look forward to your support of the APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section!

Raheleh Khorsan, MS - New CHC Webmaster

APHA-CHC is pleased to announce that Raheleh Khorsan has joined our CHC team as webmaster. She holds a masters degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Demography from the University of California, Irvine. She has coauthored several publications, managed projects, coordinated grants, and is currently a faculty member of Southern California University of Health Sciences. In collaboration with Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, and Erik Hurwitz, DC, PhD, Khorsan will update the CHC Web site. “I am so pleased to be part of this great effort. I hope to hear from you all soon, and I will see most of you at this year’s APHA meeting in Philadelphia. Thank you.”

FCER Workshop in Boston

Establish an Evidence-Based Chiropractic Practice —
FCER is Teaching How


There is a movement within health care to provide “evidence-based care” — the most appropriate, effective, and safest care as currently understood by research. The strength of that movement is apparent by the recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health to Western States Chiropractic College intended, in part, to foster the basis for evidence-based practices.

Do you know what you will need to do to provide such care? Are you able to justify your treatment methods with published research when questioned by medical colleagues or third party payors? Do you see how the ability to rapidly provide this information would positively affect practice by encouraging referrals and speeding reimbursement? Are you interested in developing such a practice but you just aren’t sure how to start?

In an effort to nurture evidence-based chiropractic practices, the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) has coordinated a series of workshops — collectively titled “Translating Evidence Into Practice” — that will allow the attending practitioner to:

  • Understand Clinical Research by Design

  • With Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD; Howard Vernon, DC; Egilius Spierings, MD

  • Retrieve Literature, Use Internet Resources, and Efficiently Document Techniques

  • With Ronald Rupert, DC; Anthony L. Rosner, PhD

  • Understand Basic Research Tools — From Statistics to Reporting Clinical Observations

  • With Todd Nick, PhD; and Dana Lawrence, DC

  • Recognize Practical Issues — from the Practitioner’s Perspective

  • With Ronald Evans, DC; George McClelland DC; and Charles Herring, DC

  • Improve Integrative Care and Outreach Efforts, Document Prevention and Maintenance

  • With Karen Erickson, DC; Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD; Lisa Killinger, DC; and Stephen Perle, DC


The Translating Evidence Into Practice workshop will be held Dec. 3-4, 2005, at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. The first such workshop, held December 2004 on the campus of Southern California University of Health Sciences, was very well received. Still, this new version has been improved upon with the additional perspective provided by chiropractic clinicians who are successfully operating evidence-based practices themselves.

FCER is able to offer registration at the low rate of $249 (FCER members receive discounts depending on membership level — please see the FCER Web site for details). For more information on this unique experience for improving practice patterns, skills, and communication with colleagues and patients, please visit <www.fcer.org>. Included on the Web site are workshop details and speaker information. You may also register online via FCER’s secure site.